Guest blogpost by Jack Cairns, Scottish journalist, first published on Europe’s Footsteps. Find Jack Cairns on Twitter, here. The British government’s decision to send 75 military advisors to aid the Ukrainian army has been seen by many experts as more symbolic than significant. If this is the case: why bother? Rewind the clock fifty years,… » read more
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From March 13th to 15th 2015 Egypt held a jumbo meeting in Sharm-el-Sheikh, gathering 2000 investors, bankers, officials, ministers, royalties and heads of government from some 100 countries to celebrate a “new” Egypt. The purpose of this well-planned event was to show the international business community that after three decades Mubarak and four years unrest… » read more
March 19, 2015
Israeli voters gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a resounding victory in Tuesday’s [17th Mar. 2015] election, despite pre-election polls showing him trailing the Zionist Union. The Zionist Union won close to the total it had been predicted by pollsters, and its 24 seats is more that Labour and Livni’s Hatnua won separately in 2013 (21).… » read more
Oleksander Klymenko is former Ukrainian Minister of tax and revenue and founder of the public initiative “Restoring Donbass”. As the fragile Minsk Accords begin to collapse in Donbass, a new approach is desperately needed to end hostilities in Eastern Ukraine. Real resolution will require multilateral diplomacy. The Minsk process cannot be the only avenue towards… » read more
March 17, 2015
Over the past fifty years or so geopolitics has not very often come to have a major influence over major economic decisions in the Western world. Case in point, as President Obama’s speeches have proved it over and over in recent years, American officials are known to dislike geopolitics quite a lot. On the other… » read more
On February 28th 2015, I attended a very interesting event – the Polish Economic Forum. Held at the London School of Economics, the conference had been organised by Polish students of the LSE SU Polish Business Society, whose organising skills – in addition to the accompanying attractions – made the Forum a truly spectacular event.… » read more
March 15, 2015
Europe finds itself very close to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and shows an increasing interest in contributing to a sustainable and just solution to the conflict. Last December the European Parliament voted with overwhelming majority for a resolution supporting in principle the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state resolution. The Parliament added, to Israel’s satisfaction,… » read more
March 4, 2015
The witnesses and the experts report why this war has succeeded in Crimea, but miserably failed in Donbass. The Russian “success” in Crimea has finished by a hard failure in Donbass. A country “Malorossia” stretching its territory from Lugansk to Odessa did not emerge and the hybrid war turned in a bloody and terroristic one,… » read more
March 3, 2015
By FinancialGuy We tend to call the hundreds of people packed onto tiny vessels “illegal” immigrants, but the reality is that most of them are poor and desperate.
March 2, 2015
By Daniele Brunetto After the extension of EU sanctions against Russia and the Minsk-2 deal, one might seriously ask how effective economic coercion is. the answer is: “It depends”.
March 1, 2015
Like many other successful companies, we have quite an international team at Europa Media. Certainly, most are Hungarian, but there are also employees from Germany, Italy, Turkey and Ukraine. Diversity at Europa Media An international environment at the company yields obvious cultural benefits such as swapping language knowledge, exchanging traditions and customs and frequently tasting… » read more
By Andrew Duff If you are American you do not have to be Senator John McCain, who wants to arm the Ukrainians, to question the validity of Europe’s fond belief that reliance on soft power fits the bill for the 21st century.
February 22, 2015
One step before reaching an agreement (?) on Greece’s bailout program, the government dispatched today the revised proposal including the extension of the current loan agreement for the next six (6) months, while introducing a moratorium in the implementation of new austerity measures suggested by troika last November. Meanwhile, the ECB decided yesterday to extend… » read more
Soon after he was appointed Commission Vice President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič started lobbying Russia to return to the South Stream gas pipeline project. The same project was frozen by direct orders of former Commission President José Manuel Barroso. First episode: Barroso stops South Stream by telling the former Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski… » read more
February 17, 2015
Yale University placed itself on the map as the first United States University to take the lead in EU affairs this past weekend when European students from the European Student Conference launched an EU think-tank here in the US named European Horizons. The aim of the think-tank is to contribute to the policy’s being… » read more
The pan-European student organization had a conference in Burgos, Spain, on 18 to 21 February 2015. It again chose a visionary topic, and asked me for an opening statement, below. (video to be inserted) “Buenos dias, bonjour! Europe and Russia: Today’s challenge from a youth perspective. What a great topic! 1) Congratulations for gathering so… » read more
The Munich Security Conference’s theme for 2015 was the question “Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?”. On this background, the main topic discussed during the event was Ukraine. A few days later after the conference ended, on Feb. 12, negotiations on Ukraine conflict completed in what the media calls the Minsk Agreement 2.0, giving a feeling of… » read more
February 11, 2015
By John Higgins The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 – is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices. TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, can help reap the rewards it promises.
La vieja Europa vuelve a ser escenario de un conflicto armado y se repite la percepción de riesgo o amenaza de globalización del mismo. Ucrania sirve de mesa de operaciones de una perversa partida de ajedrez con los intereses de las grandes potencias mundiales en juego. Y una vez más, miles de seres humanos inocentes… » read more
In the last few years China, the biggest emitter of green house gases, has been revolutionising its energy sector in a way that deserves respect from the international community. At the Paris Climate Conference it is likely to impress the parties by the resolution, effectiveness and speed of its climate policy. It might even offer… » read more